7–10 Lithium-Ion Battery Charts To Charge You Up

One of our readers, Peter Egan, recently passed along this automotive lithium-ion battery supply chain report. It’s an interesting report that goes a bit deeper into the lithium-ion battery market than we normally dive. I pulled out 7–10 charts (depending on how you count) that I found quite interesting, and I’ve added notes about some of them in the captions.

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It’s interesting to see here how much of global automotive lithium-ion battery production occurs in Asia, and it’s also interesting to see the big green circle over there indicating under-construction manufacturing capacity, but the most interesting thing on the chart is certainly the giant yellow circle, which represented the planned (now under-construction) Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory.
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There are several interesting things to highlight here. It’s interesting to see how much global demand for automotive and grid lithium-ion batteries is expected to grow, but it’s also interesting to see how much more lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics are expected to grow in demand, which will help to further bring down battery costs — for all sectors. Naturally, it’s interesting to look at this projection for how much the automotive and grid markets are projected to cut into the overall lithium-ion battery market.
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This is a shocking one to me. I had no idea there was so much overcapacity in this market. I guess it’s good to see (assuming this information is correct) that the capacity for battery production could handle a significant ramping up of demand (though, note that these data come from the beginning of 2014, and demand has increased a great deal since then).
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The interesting thing here is that GM indicated it would be getting lithium-ion battery cells from LG Chem for $145/kWh, and it’s widely assumed Tesla’s battery cells from Panasonic are coming in for a similar or even lower price. Either something is off here, or battery prices have dropped a lot in a couple of years — I’m assuming the latter.

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One thought on “7–10 Lithium-Ion Battery Charts To Charge You Up

  1. I think those prices are way outdated. Nissan sells 24 kWh Leaf battery for $6500 retail without core charge ($5500 with core). That works out to $270/kWh including retail margins. Bolt claim of $145/kWh is TBD as to retail pricing, but I suspect it’ll be less than $200/kWh to be competitive.

    Better question for me is how much it’ll be 8 years later when I may have to replace SparkEV battery; based on cell cost of ~$80/kWh and pack cost of ~$110 kWh, retail could be ~$140/kWh, making the total cost of $2660 to drive another 8 years. Well, that’s my guess anyway.

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